Summer Guide: Kids

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EQT Children’s Theatre Festival

May 16-19

EQT Children’s Theater Festival. For four days in May the Cultural District transforms to become an epicenter of art, performance, theater and, well, children.

Thursday, May 16 the 33rd annual EQT Children’s Theater Festival kicks off. Sprawling across the downtown’s Cultural District, the  festival includes live performances, hands-on activities, gallery installations, public art, pop-ups, and more. There is even a Frog Stop Scavenger Hunt to encourage kids to navigate their way through the entire festival.

The festival features performers from all over the world, including Fly from Denmark, Murikamification from Netherlands, and Sky and Stone from Mexico.

EQT Children’s Theater Festival does not skimp on programming, and there is something for the smallest, tweest theater-goer, to events that older kids will enjoy. Visit their website and plan your visit. Multiple locations across the Cultural District.



Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park. Multiple city parks throughout Pittsburgh. Grab a blanket, pack some snacks, and head to your local park for a movie under the stars. Check the website for locations, and, please make a note of ratings, as some movies may not be appropriate for all ages.


Roving Art Cart. Quite possibly one of the best city programs Pittsburgh Citiparks offers. Every Thursday-Friday from June 18-Aug. 9, the cart hits a different neighborhood park for a true arts-in-the-park experience for kids ages 5-12.





Carnegie of Library of Pittsburgh. The Carnegie’s library system offers a host of camps and programs for kids, most, if not all of which are free. For example, kids in grades 6-12 can sign up for Labs Summer Skills Intensives workshops. Some topics include”Digital Design Meets Street Art,” filmmaking, branding and jewelry design.


Pittsburgh Zoo Summer Camp. Experience the call of the wild! Pittsburgh Zoo offers a variety of camps for kids of all ages. It’s wild.


Doodle Day Camp. Multiple locations. Doodle Day Camp combines summer fun and learn-through-play so that your child stays active and never stops learning. With exciting themes, special events and field trips, Doodle Day Camp is the ultimate summer vacation for children ages 3-12.


Shady Side Academy Summer Camp. High-energy programming and a knowledgeable and energetic staff make this a very popular summer camp for kids looking to have a variety of experiences over the summer. Fox Chapel.



Art Imagined. Week-long art camps run biweekly from June to August. All materials are provided for class projects; kids just have to bring their imaginations.


Cut and Sew Sewing and Design Center. From Intro to Sewing to Make Your Own Clothes, Cut and Sew has a variety of camps to appeal to budding designers of all ages and skill levels.


Katie’s Clay Studio. With the happy theme of ‘Get Muddy’, these North Hills camps and workshops explore many artistic mediums and provides lots of take-home projects from happy campers.


Point Park University Summer Camps. Featuring Dance, Film, and Journalism camps, Point Park even offers an on campus live-in feature for the 16 and older campers.


Sweetwater Center for the Arts. Sweetwater offers more than 400 classes, workshops, and lectures annually in the visual, performing, literary and culinary arts to both adults and children beginning at age 3.


Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. The museums offer dozens of summer camp programs all summer long. There are too many to mention here, but if you’ve got an interest, chances are, they’ve got a camp for it. From arts and history to architecture and outdoors, there’s sure to be something to suit your child.



Center for Young Musicians. Campers will explore different instruments, styles of music and methods of learning. Many of the camp options feature a live performance at the end of camp.


School of Rock. School of Rock South Hills’s music camps offer a wide selection of various music experiences. From beginner music camps to intermediate and advanced sessions, our music camps and workshops near you will further a student’s musical foundation.



iD Tech. Held at Carnegie Mellon University, iD Tech summer camps have helped thousands of kids discover the joys of coding, AI, machine learning, film, gaming, robotics and more.


Snapology. Offering a wide range of date and time options, all Snapology camps focus on helping kids ages 4-14 discover STEM through programs that utilize Legos, Star Wars, robotics, drones and superheroes.


Carnegie Science Center. Campers ages 4–14 can choose from a variety of camps, including video game design, robotics, virtual reality, biology, and more, including a session based on new their new Da Vinci installment.


Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden. Immersing young explorers in the incredible world of Phipps, their summer camps highlight ecology, conservation, healthy living and art concepts through hands-on activities. Each session includes nutritious snacks and take-home crafts.



Cool Springs Summer Camp. From a FIFA regulation indoor soccer arena, basketball courts, 2-level driving range, miniature golf course, and an indoor golf simulator, this summer camp will keep your little golfer happy.


Gymkhana. Encouraging learning through physical activity, Gymkhana offers classes and camps for children ages three through 16.


Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena. PISA will keep kids moving with indoor sports and activities, as well as outdoor games and adventures. Each week has its own theme, such as All Sports and Pirates Week.



Saltworks Theater Company. Budding actors of all skill levels are welcome to the variety of classes and camps offered at Saltworks. From exploring children’s literature to writing their own performance pieces, young thespians will enjoy spending their summer honing their craft.


Gemini Children’s Theater. Gemini’s day camps provide hands-on experience in a real theater. Under the guidance of theater professionals, each group creates, writes, produces, and performs their show on the last day of camp.


Pittsburgh Musical Theater. Children ages four – 18 who are interested in singing, acting and dancing will love the opportunity to spend four weeks training and rehearsing. The final show will be a performance at the New Hazlett Theater.


Other Activities

Baby and Me Movement. How about a little partner yoga, just you and your baby. After, you’ll tour the museum, stroller in tow on a guided tour of the Carnegie Museum of Art. May 29, June 26, July 31, Aug. 28.


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